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Editors’ Notes

Cape Verde's barefoot diva took sodade—that seductive, bone-deep feeling of nostalgia and loss—and cranked it up on this 1995 release. Lush and moody, the songs here throb and ache with Evora’s emotionally raw, yet soothing delivery: swinging laments (“Petit Pays”), mournful love songs (“Rotcha ‘Scribida”), and sweet, sentimental shout-outs to her homeland ("Doce Guerra") are all backed by languid guitars and quietly percolating percussion. Césaria’s sighs are like roars.

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Beautiful

My favorite Cesaria album! Beautiful, organic arrangements that never overshadow her voice or the songs.

Biography

Born: August 27, 1941 in Mindelo, Cape Verde

Genre: World

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A native of the island nation of Cape Verde, Cesária Évora was known as the country's foremost practitioner of the morna, which is strongly associated with the islands and combines West African percussion with Portuguese fados, Brazilian modhinas, and British sea shanties. Évora began singing morna at age 16 after meeting an attractive young guitarist. Her talent soon had her performing all over the islands, and in the late '60s two of her radio tapes were released as albums in the Netherlands and...
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